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The eye of the hurricane made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, just outside Wilmington, on Friday morning, with winds of over 100mph, then stalled and began crawling inland at just 3mph.

"The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and SC".

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.

Florence's rain will reach 40 inches in some parts of the Carolina coasts, and gusty winds will send the ocean and rivers spilling into neighborhoods, forecasters said.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

Coastal water has risen 5-feet above sea level near Wilmington and 8-feet above sea level near New Bern according to recorders in tide buoys, which you can track here.

"More people die from storm surge than any proponent of hurricanes", Kottlowsk tells TIME. Scientists say they are wetter, possess more energy and intensify faster.

Prior to Hurricane Florence's landfall, more than 1.7 million were ordered to evacuate the coast.


The city had to suspend rescue operations as conditions worsened, but promised trapped residents in a tweet: "We are coming to get you".

The storm caused chaos in the region, with trees strewn across roads, buildings battered and power cut to nearly 700,000 homes.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the hurricane center said.

As of 3 a.m., Florence hadn't moved and was still centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. "Our preparation is now having to turn to determination and we're going to work hard to recover and recover quickly", Cooper said. Florence dumped more than 20 inches on Oriental, N.C., the NHC said.

A fallen tree lies atop the crushed roof of a fast food restaurant after the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.

"I'm just trying to make myself feel at home", said Simone Brown, who has also been at the Palmetto Bays Elementary School shelter since Tuesday. It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

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